Flights to Sanibel Island and Nearby Airports

Planning a visit to Sanibel Island and wondering where to fly into? With a wide variety of airports in the area, Sanibel Island has plenty of options to coordinate and plan your trip around. This article will outline the many different airports you can fly into when starting your journey to one of our Sanibel vacation rentals.


The Naples Airport is a relatively unknown municipal airport that is located about 47 miles from Sanibel Island. Most people flying into Naples are often trying to make connections to larger airports. Because Naples Municipal Airport is about an hour from Sanibel, car rentals are the best option for you to get to your destination. You can also look into the multiple ride-share options that you can use if you prefer.

A plane flying into Sanibel Island
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Punta Gorda

Flying into Punta Gorda Airport is a great option for those looking for a more budget-friendly option when flying into Sanibel Island. Located only 50 miles north of Sanibel, this airport offers many flight options from different destinations including Fort Wayne, Kansas City, Flint, Springfield, Peoria, and many more. The best way to get to Sanibel from Punta Gorda is by renting a car. There are many car rental companies that operate out of the Punta Gorda Airport.

For a cheaper option to get to Sanibel Island, Punta Gorda Airport is a great option.


Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is a solid airport that operates in the area. Because this is an international airport, you can expect to see a wider variety of airline companies. Six major airlines fly out this airport, including United, Delta, Air Canada, American, West Jet, and JetBlue. The airport is 109 miles away from the island, but it doesn’t take long to arrive and start discovering all the fun things to do on Sanibel.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach International Airport is one of the best airports in the Florida area. Although West Palm Beach is on the other coast of Florida, it is still only 149 miles away from Sanibel Island. Since this is an international airport, you might also find more reasonably priced flights. Some of the airlines that fly out of this airport include American, United, Delta, Southwest, Frontier, JetBlue, and many more airlines. Flying into this airport to get to Sanibel is a great option if you are looking for a bi-coastal experience on your trip. 

Southwest Florida

Lastly, the Southwest Florida International Airport is possibly the best airport in the area. This option is the closest airport to Sanibel Island in the region, so it is your best bet for getting to your destination quickly. Aside from being located 28 miles from Sanibel, it is also one of the cheapest airports in the region. Because it is an international airport, many international travelers find it easier to get to Sanibel via Fort Myers. 

If you want to fly into Fort Myers to get to Sanibel, Florida, some of the airlines included are United, JetBlue, Southwest, Delta, American, and many others. If you do not want to drive during your vacation, you can always hire a car service to get to your hotel. Depending on the hotel where you are staying, they might even offer a shuttle service to get you to and from. There is also a limo service for hire!

When planning your next trip to Sanibel Island, there are many different flight options for you and your family to choose from. It pays to spend a bit of extra time sifting through all of the different flight options that suit you and your family best. No matter what type of vacation your family is looking for, you can easily find an airport in the area that works best for you. Once you get here, you need a place to stay! Contact us to learn more about our Sanibel condo rentals.